Time To Revisit 3 Key Values: Self Belief, Hard Work, Integrity

This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the FBC TV programme, 4 The Record last night.   In My Say this week I will discuss some
13 Jun 2016 08:00
Time To Revisit 3 Key Values: Self Belief, Hard Work, Integrity
Naulia Dawai (with ball), on attack during the Vodafone Flying Fijians training session at Bidesi Park ground, Suva yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the FBC TV programme, 4 The Record last night.


In My Say this week I will discuss some of the lessons we can learn from the performance of the Vodafone Flying Fijians on Saturday when they won their first match in the World Cup rugby qualifiers.

Many good things in life and successes we achieve are based on three principles or values.

Number One: Self belief or faith. When we believe in our ability to accomplish a task it means confidence. The Vodafone Flying Fijians were confident they could beat the Tongans. How would they successfully do it. The answer is in the second principle.

Number two:  Hard work or to put it more bluntly – walk the talk. After their dismal first half performance when they were trailing 0-15 at halftime, the Flying Fijians regrouped in the dressing room and came out firing in the second half.

The difference was that they decided to up the ante by asserting themselves in the game.

They put more commitment and purpose in their play.

They lacked that in the first half and allowed the Tongans to run at them at will and did enough damage to lead 15-nill at the break.

But when the Flying Fijians decided to put in some hard work, the result was instant and the Tongans knew the Fijians had lifted their game to another level.

The visitors could not sustain the pressure and capitulated in the end.

A lot of work was going on in the contact area and the Fijians were generating that heat.

The energy-sapping close quarter contacts took their toll on the Tongans.

The Fijians’ fitness shone through and they gained ascendency and victory in the end.

There is no substitute for hard work in life, whether it’s on the sports field or any other area. When students want good grades at school and in their exams, they must be prepared to work hard.

That may mean giving up their social life to do extra study to score excellent pass in their exams. Those who walk the extra mile always reap the rewards.

Students who qualify for the Toppers scheme fall into this category of people who pull out all stops to qualify for scholarships.

They will burn the midnight oil and spend their time wisely to ensure they are ready for exams. They are not satisfied with mediocrity and pursue excellence in everything that they do.

These are the students who get ahead in life and are generally successful.

The merit-based system that has now become our way of life fosters hard work and rewards the achievers accordingly.

In a competitive environment, those who are willing to work hard and sacrifice survive and succeed.

Number Three. Integrity. It’s the glue that holds a team together.

It means every team member must perform whether it’s a tackle or a maul or an attacking move. Failure to do this exposes serious weaknesses in a team and allows the opposition to capitalise.

We saw it in the second-half when the Vodafone Flying Fijians decided to make every move count.

Integrity means being true to yourselves, your team members and your mission.

It applies to all facets of life including service in the public and private sectors.

It’s unfortunate that we see evidence of the lack of integrity in the cases of corruption, domestic violence and sexual violence against women and children that come before the courts

Integrity rejects temptations to cheat and abhors taking advantage of other people’s vulnerability for instant self gratification.

We need to all look at ourselves in the mirror and ask whether we uphold these principles.

If we don’t it’s time to change and let’s stop kidding ourselves.



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